Seriously ill girl could walk for the first time in eight years as Orpington fundraising drive succeeds

Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor

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A young girl who developed the bones of a 100-year-old has seen money for a new wheelchair raised in under 12 hours in an Orpington-based fundraising campaign. 

Former netball captain Jessica Taylor, who recently celebrated her 22nd birthday, was hit with severe ME at the age of 14.

After being bedridden for seven years she now also suffers from osteoporosis and in the past has been unable to speak, move, or at times even recognise her family.

Describing her situation, Jessica said: "My life is a world of one room. The ME caused me to lose everything in the end.”

Now however Jessica is showing signs of recovery and is expected to try to stand for the first time in close to a decade – though has been unable to get a fully-reclining wheelchair to offer some relief.

But a fundraising campaign, launched yesterday (June 1), has been inundated with donations and the £650 target was topped in less than a day.

Jessica may now be able to do far more, such as going outside and enjoying the garden.

She added: “I've got a fight on my hands and I believe I am going to get better."

She also started her own charity, Share A Star, late last year, which looks to help children and teenagers who suffer from serious illnesses.

See her YouTube video below: 


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11:49pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Pamela M Green says...

I am praying for Jessica Taylor after having read her story in News shopper about how ill she has been with M.E. I hope so much that she can walk again one day because I know what it is like to be bed-bound but not for as long as poor Jessica. I was bed-bound from early November to January and could not move a muscle even to hold my head up. It was a horrible time for me and my family. I have had physiotherapy and now I can walk again with sticks. It is so good to find independence again after having to rely on my husband and family for every little thing - even the most personal things. It is awful and I am so grateful to my husband and children for looking after me so well. I pray that Jessica will fully recover. I would love to see her stand and walk again. She is so brave. and courageous. If you get to read this Jessica I wish you well and am praying for you. God bless you always. Get well soon. Sending love and prayers. from Pamela Green.
I am praying for Jessica Taylor after having read her story in News shopper about how ill she has been with M.E. I hope so much that she can walk again one day because I know what it is like to be bed-bound but not for as long as poor Jessica. I was bed-bound from early November to January and could not move a muscle even to hold my head up. It was a horrible time for me and my family. I have had physiotherapy and now I can walk again with sticks. It is so good to find independence again after having to rely on my husband and family for every little thing - even the most personal things. It is awful and I am so grateful to my husband and children for looking after me so well. I pray that Jessica will fully recover. I would love to see her stand and walk again. She is so brave. and courageous. If you get to read this Jessica I wish you well and am praying for you. God bless you always. Get well soon. Sending love and prayers. from Pamela Green. Pamela M Green
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4:20pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Adamyork6 says...

Pamela M Green wrote:
I am praying for Jessica Taylor after having read her story in News shopper about how ill she has been with M.E. I hope so much that she can walk again one day because I know what it is like to be bed-bound but not for as long as poor Jessica. I was bed-bound from early November to January and could not move a muscle even to hold my head up. It was a horrible time for me and my family. I have had physiotherapy and now I can walk again with sticks. It is so good to find independence again after having to rely on my husband and family for every little thing - even the most personal things. It is awful and I am so grateful to my husband and children for looking after me so well. I pray that Jessica will fully recover. I would love to see her stand and walk again. She is so brave. and courageous. If you get to read this Jessica I wish you well and am praying for you. God bless you always. Get well soon. Sending love and prayers. from Pamela Green.
I will pass on your message Pamela :)
[quote][p][bold]Pamela M Green[/bold] wrote: I am praying for Jessica Taylor after having read her story in News shopper about how ill she has been with M.E. I hope so much that she can walk again one day because I know what it is like to be bed-bound but not for as long as poor Jessica. I was bed-bound from early November to January and could not move a muscle even to hold my head up. It was a horrible time for me and my family. I have had physiotherapy and now I can walk again with sticks. It is so good to find independence again after having to rely on my husband and family for every little thing - even the most personal things. It is awful and I am so grateful to my husband and children for looking after me so well. I pray that Jessica will fully recover. I would love to see her stand and walk again. She is so brave. and courageous. If you get to read this Jessica I wish you well and am praying for you. God bless you always. Get well soon. Sending love and prayers. from Pamela Green.[/p][/quote]I will pass on your message Pamela :) Adamyork6
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9:52pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Pamela M Green says...

Thank you Adamyork6. I was hoping someone would. Please let me know how Jessica is getting on. I am continuing to pray for her. Thanks again. :)
Thank you Adamyork6. I was hoping someone would. Please let me know how Jessica is getting on. I am continuing to pray for her. Thanks again. :) Pamela M Green
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